Safeguarding for Early Years Settings

Welcome to the safeguarding page of our website. This section has been designed to enable childcare providers to access information, guidance and tools to support them in their roles and responsibilities of keeping children safe.

Lancashire Early Years Child Protection Policies and Procedures July 2016

Safeguarding Training Requirements for Early Years Practitioners

Action - A Drugs and Alcohol Guidance Handbook for Early Years Workers

This handbook will support early years practitioners with clarification and guidance on drugs and alcohol and is designed to equip practitioners with the confidence to respond effectively to concerns that may arise. 

Recognising and Responding to Domestic Abuse

This guidance is for early years practitioners to support them with raising awareness of domestic abuse and to encourage and facilitate further improvement, engagement and co-ordination of support services  within the early years sector  and with partners across the county.

Disqualification under the Childcare Act 2006 - July 2018

Schools, nurseries and out of school clubs are no longer required to establish if staff, are disqualified by association.  That is if they share a house with someone who would be disqualified from working with children.  This means that these settings must not ask their staff questions about cautions or convictions of anyone living or working in their household. 
Where registered childcare is provided on domestic premises i.e. childminders, the disqualification by association arrangements will continue to apply.
Below is the updated guidance and FAQs document to support practitioners and managers with regard to this.  The full guidance document is available on the website here.  
In addition there is an example staff declaration form and termly confirmation form.  The originals are currently being used within schools and these have been adapted to meet the requirements of early years settings.

Fundamental British Values and the Prevent Duty

Supporting Parents

Below is a range of documents that may help you to support parents in keeping children safe:

CAF/Risk Sensible Framework

Below is a range of documents that will support you in following the CAF/Risk Sensible Framework:

Safeguarding Training Resources

Below is a range of documents that are used in our safeguarding training: 

Serious Case Reviews - Additional Resources

Following a high number of Serious Case Reviews involving early years children there continues to be familiar recommendations for multi-agency practitioners.  These include: The importance of accurate, timely and precise recording. Keeping  the focus on the child and understanding the child’s lived experience.  Looking for evidence – what you see may not be accurate or the full picture. Showing  professional scepticism – beware the 'rule of optimism' and accepting things at face value because we want to believe parents will change their lifestyles and care properly for their children.  
The documents below are useful as an additional resource when considering possible abuse or neglect of a child and the impact this may have on their general wellbeing and development.